Easy Mac & Cheese Bake Recipe

There’s nothing more American than a good macaroni and cheese recipe like our easy mac & cheese bake recipe. It is so cheesy and so much better tasting, your kids will be raving about this dinner recipe for nights to come! It takes just a little bit of effort, but it is so worth adding to your mealtime routine.

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Let’s make an easy mac & cheese bake…it is yummy!

LET’S MAKE mac & Cheese bake RECIPE

One of the time-saving benefits of this meal is that you can make it and freeze it ahead of time. Just put everything in a heavy foil baking pan, cover tightly with tin foil, and freeze until you’re ready to use.

Pop in the oven at 375 F for 1 hour or until warmed through when you’re ready to use it. Makes a great meal for when you forget about company coming over or you just don’t want to cook one evening.

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This is all you need to make this delicious mac & cheese bake idea.

mac & Cheese bake ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy mac & cheese recipe.

  • 16 oz elbow macaroni noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 scant cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 10 oz polish sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch coins (optional)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Panko or Japanese style bread crumbs

directions to make Mac & Cheese Bake recipe

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Let’s start!

Step 1

In a medium skillet, melt butter then add flour in 3 parts using a whisk stirring constantly to combine with butter.

Step 2

Continue whisking constantly and slowly add milk. Turn heat down to low.

Step 3

Add cream cheese and gently move it around with a spoon until it melts and combines with the mixture.

Step 4

Continue to mix until the mixture will be very thick then turn off the heat.

Step 5

Add shredded cheese and fold/stir to combine until creamy and cheesy.

Step 6

Take cheese sauce mix and now add to cooked and drained macaroni noodles. Stir until well combined.

Step 7

Place into a baking dish and top with Panko.

Step 8

Bake at 350 F for about 20-25 minutes, or until breading turns golden brown.

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Looks so yummy when served, right?!
Yield: 6-8 servings

Easy Mac & Cheese Bake Recipe

macaroni and cheese

Have it your way tonight by impressing the whole gang with this easy mac & cheese bake recipe!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz elbow macaroni noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 scant cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 10 oz polish sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch coins (optional)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Panko or Japanese style bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. In a medium skillet, melt butter then add flour in 3 parts using a whisk stirring constantly to combine with butter.
  2. Continue whisking constantly and slowly add milk. Turn heat down to low.
  3. Add cream cheese and gently move it around with a spoon until it melts and combines with the mixture.
  4. Continue to mix until the mixture will be very thick then turn off the heat.
  5. Add shredded cheese and fold/stir to combine until creamy and cheesy.
  6. Take cheese sauce mix and now add to cooked and drained macaroni noodles. Stir until well combined.
  7. Place into a baking dish and top with Panko.
  8. Bake at 350 F for about 20-25 minutes, or until breading turns golden brown.

Did you make this yummy mac & cheese bake recipe? What did your family think?